Valsa George

When Death Comes

When Death resolutely comes
At any time with his deadly summons

Tarry not like a galley slave
But like a courteous warrior behave

Do not waver and do not droop
As if you are to be hung on a loop

Never dread lying under the dust
With movement stilled and voice hushed

Know, it is only when seeds rot
That fresh and florid lives sprout

So when it is time to go
Strut like an indomitable foe,

With swinging hands and head held high
To be welcomed by angels of the sky

With the music of clanging cymbals
And the rising rhythm of sounding trumpets

Into a kingdom, bright and cheerful
And a state far radiant and blissful

Where the sun shall never set
Where blessed souls joyously meet

Where Truth and Beauty preside
Where peace and bliss abide

Ousted out of terrestrial space
You are enfolded into God’s sweet embrace

Submitted: Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, March 04, 2014

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A poem written in response to Joseph Anderson's poem- Dark Side Of Tomorrow! I know it is easy to be said than done!

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  • Md Asadullah (3/20/2014 10:52:00 PM)

    Uplifting words, Death is biggest truth, each and every living must face it, And if one faces death boldly hoping for the best it becomes easy to face it. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Grantham (3/13/2014 8:32:00 AM)

    This poem is written with such uplifting words and powerful
    thoughts. One must not be afraid of death for it is where we
    pass unto life and into a new beginning. It is how we live on
    earth and coexist with other humans that will determine our fate.
    Death is a summons that we will all be handed. I would rather
    be a courteous warrior/smile. Well done and aptly stated. (Report) Reply

  • Muhammad Ali (3/12/2014 10:27:00 AM)

    It is a fantasy, i think. And so, i hope that life should not be a fantasy to treat... We should care the living ones before death comes, mine or yours. Best wishes: -) (Report) Reply

  • Amitava Sur (3/10/2014 8:33:00 PM)

    A lovely imagery for a new house to stay after death, where there is no misery only love peace and emancipation.... loved it (Report) Reply

  • Shahzia Batool (3/10/2014 1:06:00 AM)

    The transition and shifting from this small world to that of Eternity becomes an easy passage for those who stay connected to God and have been waiting for the time to come, and this waiting is defined and described as a period of life in which we work for the good and against the evil...if we believe that He watches us, guides us, listens to us and we are about to return to Him then as you have said: Tarry not like a galley slave
    But like a courteous warrior behave

    Do not waver and do not droop
    As if you are to be hung on a loop....

    A poem to be framed that one might turn to it as a constant reminder and guidance...
    regards! (Report) Reply

  • * Sunprincess * (3/9/2014 9:27:00 PM) penned a unforgettable write....a great message....not my favourite theme....but it's a message everyone needs to read....thanks for penning this one... (Report) Reply

  • Khairul Ahsan (3/8/2014 7:24:00 AM)

    Your poem comes to me as a light of inspiration.
    'Tarry not like a galley slave
    But like a courteous warrior behave' - True, but for this you need preparations, spanning lifetime, perhaps.
    'Never dread lying under the dust
    With movement stilled and voice hushed' - The dread will disappear only when you have achieved your destined Mission and served the purpose of life well.
    'Where Truth and Beauty preside
    Where peace and bliss abide
    Ousted out of terrestrial space
    You are enfolded into God’s sweet embrace' - Very inspiring, but before that we ought to earn God's Blessings by being fair and just in our conduct, kind and compassionate in our dealings with fellow human beings and birds and animals and upholding and safeguarding others' right of living amicably and peacefully.
    Very inspirational poem,10/10.
    I guess, you might have missed reading my poem 'My Friend', written on a somewhat similar note. (Report) Reply

  • Musfiq Us Shaleheen (3/7/2014 12:58:00 AM)

    Oh! God how much credence I grasp from you! !
    Benevolence - Amour-Inspiration!
    Time and tide hasten so zippy-
    my devotion should be ended very soon

    - a great poem...........10/10 (Report) Reply

  • Rajesh Thankappan (3/6/2014 9:52:00 AM)

    A gem of a poem. I too hope death is not the end of everything but only a renewed beginning.10/10 for sure ma'am. (Report) Reply

  • Tajudeen Shah (3/5/2014 8:45:00 PM)

    The science behind this thought is a tint of fear, though. Even the most valorous on this mighty, blessed planet would sure throb all over when the first rustle of the leveler waves over. The blessed poet's view is justified to the core for those who are rather timid. It serves the purpose of instilling confidence of an enduring reality. Wonderful. God Bless. (Report) Reply

  • V P Mahur (3/4/2014 2:01:00 PM)

    Dear Valsa
    this poem brings a great moral for those who are afraid of death
    greatly written
    Plz read my poems and give your views about them
    to I have seen a new field while submitting my new poem
    It Is About Poem
    what must be written in this field because i am unable to submit my poems today
    plz help me (Report) Reply

  • Joseph Anderson (3/4/2014 12:16:00 PM)

    Valsa-These are inspiring, uplifting aspirations to live and die for and I plan to follow your advice.
    I have had a love affair with life for 89 years and giving up the beauty and joy of the known for
    the unknowable is hard. Perhaps if we wed faith with hope we would have a winning team.
    This is not about the fear of death, but the absence of living. A very worthy write (Report) Reply

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